Featuring a remarkable international cast peppered with star cameos, Adam Resurrected is a dazzlingly original account of Holocaust survival. US auteur Paul Shrader (American Gigolo, The Walker) proves a suitably imaginative choice to direct this big screen version of Yoram Kaniuk’s 1969 novel Adam Ben Kelev.
Adam Stein (Jeff Goldblum) is a revelation as a charismatic Berlin circus impresario who survived the camps by acting as a pet ‘dog’ to SS Commandant Klein (Wilem Dafoe). By 1961 Adam rules the roost as a patient at a stark psychiatric institute in the Negev Desert, run by Dr. Gross (Sir Derek Jacobi) and the sternly seductive Nurse Gina (Ayelet Zurer). But a strange new arrival re-awakens Adam’s guilt at his family’s fate. This darkly comic vision illustrates Adam’s tormented personality with atmospheric music-hall flashbacks and glimpses of his post-war life in Haifa and Tel Aviv, creating an inimitable portrait of rebellion and survival.